Is This the Future of TV Remotes?

gesture-remoteA lot of attention has been paid to the interfaces of the Smart Tvs and the media software that runs on them but very little has been said about the TV remote. From humble beginnings the average remote now has more buttons than the space shuttle and requires similar training to operate it. As we [...]

Apple’s Smart TV Project – What we Understand up to Now

Apple TV Set Controlled by SiriIt is widely recognized within the technology market that Apple is focusing on a smart internet-connected TV gadget. What do we actually understand about the 'iTV' up to now? [caption id="attachment_22485" align="alignright" width="480" caption="Image: New York Times"][/caption] There has been lots of speculation traveling about regarding an Apple TV set for many years, and it has often [...]

Rovi Rolls out new Marketing Tools to Involve the Connected Consumer

rovi_advertising_networkMarketers are constantly looking for new ways to attract and interact with customers, especially through TV advertising. In a major update to its Rovi Advertising Network, Rovi Corporation is aiming to provide marketers with advanced tools to get the digital home further engaged with TV advertising across the likes of connected TV, media players, set-top [...]

Google’s Eric Schmidt Tells the British Television Establishment: It’s Time to ‘Think Beyond the TV Box’

Eric Schmidt Speaking at 2011 MGEITFEarlier today, Google's former CEO, Eric Schmidt addressed the crowd at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival as the keynote speaker. We all knew he was going to bring up Google TV at some point, but the MacTaggart Lecture hit on many of the opportunities — he felt — the UK television industry and regulators [...]

App Discovery Not a High Priority for Connected TV Owners

LG Smart TV Demo CES 2011Research firm, Strategy Analytics, is out with a new Digital Home Observatory report which finds that Connected TV and Smart TV owners rarely seek out new apps to use other than the ones they are already familiar with on their PC, tablet, games console or smartphone devices. If they do venture out, however, they're usually [...]

Connected TVs with On-Demand Content Access Present in 2 Out of 5 Households, People Still Prefer ‘Live’ TV, Though

Samsung Comcast Smart TV App CES 2011This is interesting, though not all unexpected. Knowledge Networks has found that 47% of people, ages 13-64, they surveyed in April 2011 prefer watching live TV at its schedule time. 23% said they prefer DVR recordings, which I also assume means on-demand content as well from their TV provider or sites like Hulu. Another nugget [...]

Facebook Really Does Want to Enter the Social TV Space

Samsung Smart TV Apps 5 Million Download MilestoneAndy Mitchell, SVP of Strategic Partner Development at Facebook, pitched to attendees of PromaxBDA this past Wednesday, according to Adweek, that Facebook could become a partner to TV providers by helping their customers find relevant programming from a sea of 500+ channels by leveraging one's social graph. In other words, Facebook would provide a real-time [...]

Samsung’s New Smart View Android App Lets You Mirror TV to Smartphone and More

Samsung Smart View ScreenshotWow, Samsung is on a tear with their Smart TV platform. They recently hit 5 million TV app downloads worldwide in less than 15 months and have now just launched a pretty innovative new Android app that sets Samsung even further apart from the competition. Called Smart View, the new Samsung Smart TV app allows [...]